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König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel - Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jeffo on 02-09-2009)
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StammBar, Today at 04:01 PM
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4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Capone's in Norristown, PA during Philly beer week. The Warsteiner reps were gracious, paid for my first draft and answered all of my questions. From what I understand this beer will now be available in the U.S. in bottles and kegs (50L).

Appearance is a cloudy brown, with more apparent unfiltered yeast than Franziskaner dunkel. The smell is overwhelmingly caramel with some banana esters. Taste is very smooth with predominant flavors of caramel, clove and banana. This is one of my favorite styles and I would routinely keep kegs of this dunkelweiss in my beer cooler as soon as it is available.

wattoclone, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

JohneHoodlum, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

TasteFiend, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

k3ve, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Enshug, Jul 08, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a long-lasting fluffy tan head.

Pleasant sweet malts and spice initially with some plum and yeast as an afterthought. Spot on and very promising.

Tastes perfectly sweet and creamy with an abundance of medium fruits, a hint of grain, and a well-timed spice hit coming in toward the end.

Smooth, medium-bodied and absurdly drinkable with no loss in flavor.

Plenty of character here can easily lead to excess, and maybe it's just because I'm in the mood for a Dunkelweizen at the moment, but this one seems quite a bit underrated.

stephens101, Sep 24, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Hazy amber-brown pour with a two finger foamy off-white head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with lots of banana, clove, caramel, brown bread, molasses, and some subtle mineral notes. The taste follows suit with tons of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana, clove, brown sugar, banana bread, tobacco, and molasses. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and great balance. Overall, this is one of my favorite interpretations of the style.

beerdrifter, Jun 25, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A German customer brought this in last fall after returning from business overseas. I put it in the cellar and forgot about it until yesterday. Most of the beer that I cellar and lay down are the types of beers that are well suited for it - Belgian Strong Ales, Barleywine, Imperial Stouts, etc. so I was a little worried about forgetting it.

Alas, the bottle was in perfect shape (label was all in German with no sticker or markings, so I was sure that it was not an imported version. I had never see this type of Konig Ludwig here in the States and their standard Weiss is pretty run of the mill, even with its provenance and history behind it.

This beer drank extremely well - poured a great, aromatic head and was incredibly balanced. It has a very appealing nutty, fresh baked bread nose to it. It went don't way too easy and I was quickly saddened once it sank in that this was a one-time beer for me. I hope that it eventually either gets imported, or if that is already in place, makes it way down South.

JackRose, Oct 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Bengone, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

brandonld23, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

alex_hart, Oct 20, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, unfiltered orange to light, chocolate-brown colour that forms a large off-white head that is a fluffy foam texture. The retention is quite good and some lacing on the glass is visible.

A nice wheat aroma that is backed up with a strong banana and clove smell plus some mild spices.

Banana & to a lesser extent cloves are here but are not as noticeable as in the smell. They are partially masked by the sweet caramel flavour but this is still an excellent beer to drink, helped by the almost bitterless finish.

Light on the palate for a dark beer, it's on the light side of medium bodied but still very smooth and surprisingly crisp & refreshing.

A well-balanced beer that is great tasting and goes down really well. It is up there with the best of the style I have sampled thus far.

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flyingpig, Jun 16, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy unfiltered hazy orange with a large fluffy head. Good head retention with some lace left on the glass.

Sweet wheat aroma, mild spices, light hint of nutty smoke.

Tastes of smoked banana and nutty wheat. Light hint of caramel. A smooth beer with a nice crisp grain finish. After a few sips I get a somewhat bitter finish which compliments the sweetness of the beer nicely.

Medium bodied beer that I could drink all day. The beer is very well balanced and simply tastes great. I gave my girlfriend a sip who normally is hesitant to try anything to do with Germany and she loved it. If you have the chance, try this beer.

xuptygm, Aug 30, 2011
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4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the wonderful helgas, the best german food around. poured into a proper 1 liter glass, i could barely lift this hazy amber brew with one hand. classic banana clove yeast complexion on the nose, with the darker wheat malt, sweet and red, not quite roasty and dark like the midnight stuff, its classically german. the taste confirms what the nose hinted at, this is one of the best examples of the style i have ver had, as good as the weihenstephaner stuff for sure, and they have to be the standard by which these beers are measured. the yeast is great, delicate, but heavy on the banana, and all the carbonation makes the darkness of the wheat almost hard to pick up on, but there is a mellow caramel sweetness running through it from the grain, which i really like. its so refreshing, and i had no problem drinking a liter before it warmed up much. i wish this was around on shelves, although i have a feeling the draft drinks a loot nicer than some older bottles might, but id like to see it nevertheless. a perfect pairing for anything on the menu down at helgas, which is a must if you've never been. awesome beer, just a beauty.

StonedTrippin, Jul 05, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut almost black with very good dark white head

smells of caramel and malt some nuts and characteristic banana also evident pretty good true to style

Yep tastes just like it

Medium carbonation leavees no coating aftertaste and goes down well

I can drink this!

DerBayer, Jul 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.